SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis plumitapacifica.com

2 Dec

This is the continuation of a series of blogs to promote the e-book SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA – which is a Guide to… the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise… This is a guide book that will give you the kind of insider’s knowledge that you might wish you had before you made your decision to move or not move to Costa Rica.

Every blog entry will start with the appendix because that way when you read whatever else I have posted it will 1. make sense (I hope) and 2. give you a point of reference in case you realize you need to read something that is “archived”.  Because if you read every blog I enter you will have eventually read the whole e-book and won’t need to order it for $2.99 from Amazon or B&N.  All you’ll be missing are the photos that show what you might expect if you choose to undertake the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise.

As I said, I will start each blog with the appendix so that the reader can reference important elements of the book to archived blogs.  The page numbers shown are the actual page they appear on in the book. Here is the Appendix – and these are all the nuggets and their corresponding page numbers: Definition of “nugget” – 3, Doors & Windows – 7, Manufacturing – 11, Real Estate – 11, Shipping – 12,Maps, – 15, Corporations – 20, Traffic Cops – 23, Know basic Spanish – 30, Panama – 33, Roof Line – 42, Plumita Pacifica Web Address – 65, Getting the Best a Tico has to Offer – 84, Power Surges – 86, Liberia Airport – 88, Attitude – 104, Cellular Phones – 117, Newspapers – 18, Your Embassy – 137, Buying & Selling Cars – 154, Drive Slowly – 161, Arriving at the Airport – 168, Wages & Prices – 170, Undertows – 226, Life Ring – 230, Avoiding Customs Confiscations – 234, Driving Rules – 236, Walking in the City – 249, Purchasing Anything – 258, Buying Fresh Produce – 263, Bus Tickets – 272, to “Bribe” or not to “Bribe” – 313, Traffic ticket Prices – 315, Exiting the Country – 337

chapter 13 continued

Then there was the time a baby Boa Constrictor thought he would take up residence.  Mario found him climbing up the channel of one of their sliding glass doors.  He was just a little guy, only about fourteen inches long.  Feisty though.  He kept biting the stick Mario was using to try to get him out of the channel.  He finally got him out without injuring him and threw him off into the weeds of the designated “green zone” that adjoins my lot.  I asked Mario how big he might get as he grows older.  Mario indicated about ten feet.  Any non-venomous snakes that hang around the place we want to keep healthy because they eat the other critters, which are more objectionable, that might attempt to take up residence.

The most common critters whose home I destroy now and then are ants.  I have two built in planters underneath windows.  One is in front of my kitchen sink and the other is in my shower.  I thought I’d grow herbs in my kitchen but my thumb is no greener here than it was the years I lived in California and tried to grow edibles.   So I gave up on the herbs and planted flowers.  They’re a pretty view to look past at the pretty view I look at out that window.  Both planters are about six feet long by ten inches wide and are cantilevered out past the side of the house so that they can have natural drainage without the water running down the outside wall.  The planter in the shower contains orchids and another type of plant that produces little red flowers all year long.  That also creates a pretty view to look past at the pretty view I look at out that window.  But from time to time when I water my gardens zillions of ants will come running out, each carrying an egg.  I’m amazed at how fast they can start a colony.  I water at least once or twice a week and usually I’m not disturbing anyone’s house.  But every now and then the ants will have started a colony in between watering.

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